Open-source multi-platform video transcoder HandBrake has finally reached version 1.0.0, after being in development for a long period of 13 years. As expected, the major update brings along a host of new presets, file types, and support for more devices to the video transcoding tool. The version 1.0.0 update also brings along bug fixes and can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, or Linux from the company site.
HandBrake version 1.0.0 brings along new presets for Web as well as MKV video format while the official presets from previous version can be found under the ‘Legacy’ section, as pointed out by Fossbytes. The update comes with JSON-based preset system, including support for command line. The latest update adds Intel QuickSync Video H.265/HEVC encoder, which requires Intel Skylake or newer processors and brings performance improvements to the video encoder.
One of the biggest changes that comes with HandBrake 1.0.0 is the inclusion of reworked online documentation that is no longer too technical, allowing laymen to figure out all the little features the transcoder offers. Audio based changes include improved subtitle rendering and updated third party libraries.
“After more than 13 years of development, the HandBrake Team is delighted to present HandBrake 1.0.0. Thank you to all of our many contributors over the years for making HandBrake what it is today. We again remind everyone that the HandBrake Website is the only official source for HandBrake. Downloads are not mirrored on any third-party services, excepting the Linux PPA,” the team behind HandBrake said on its website.
If you are interested, you can find the complete changelog of the video encoder on the company site.
HandBrake takes videos you already have and makes new ones that work on your mobile phone, tablet, TV media player, game console, computer, or web browser—nearly anything that supports modern video formats.
HandBrake works with most common video files and formats, including ones created by consumer and professional video cameras, mobile devices such as phones and tablets, game and computer screen recordings, and DVD and Blu-ray discs. HandBrake leverages tools such as Libav, x264, and x265 to create new MP4 or MKV video files from these sources.
- Convert nearly any video to MP4 or MKV
- Crop and resize video
- Restore old and low-quality video
- Remove combing artifacts caused by interlacing and telecine
- Pass-through audio without conversion for certain audio types
HandBrake can also make videos that are smaller—taking up less storage space on your device—than the originals.